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Wacom Cintiq 16 review. An inexpensive Pen display from Wacom

Wacom has just released a 16 inch Cintiq for only $650. Check out my in-depth review of the new Wacom 16 Pen display. I unbox and set it up, show you the additional stand. Find out the specs and see what it’s like in use for both illustration and retouching. I also test the lag, parallax and more.

There is nothing like drawing and painting directly on screen.

Colin Smith Reviews the brand new Wacom Cintiq 16 Pen display tablet. See the features and how it works. Unboxing, setup and user experience reviews of the interactive pen display from Wacom.

Wacom Cintiq 16 Specs

Screen size:15.6 inch
Screen resolution:1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Color gamut:72% NTSC (CIE1931) typical
Pen technology:Wacom Pro Pen 2 with Wacom EMR
Pen pressure levels:8,192


Wacom Cintiq 16

Having used Wacom tablets since the Artpad 2, I have become used to the fluid drawing experience that the EMR (Electro Magnetic Resonance) pens provide. The pens don’t have batteries and are well balanced with a comfortable feel and never need to be charged. The 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity and textured surface of the tablet, resembles drawing with a pencil or pen on paper. When in Photoshop, there are so many tools that take advantage of pressure sensitivity, that I can’t image drawing or retouching without one. I always travel with a Wacom Intuos tablet in my bag.

The Cintiq line, cranks it up a notch. It’s the same tablet experience, except you are drawing directly on screen. I have used a Cintiq for a number of years owning the 21″ and then the 22″. These tablets always retailed for over $2,000. When I saw a Cintiq for only $650 USD, I was very interested. Check out my video review and share this experience with me as I put it through its paces. Decide if it’s worthy of bearing the Wacom name.

Thanks for checking out my review and drop a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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9 responses to “Wacom Cintiq 16 review. An inexpensive Pen display from Wacom”

  1. Hi Colin,
    Thanks for your review. I’ve used a Cintiq 12 for some years now, and have often fancied a bigger screen Cintiq but just didn’t have $2K to spend on one. But, the Cintiq 16 seems to be the answer to my fancy. You’ve commented on the 16 vs. the larger Pro versions–can you offer any comment as to how much of an upgrade the 16 is over the 12.

    • It’s been a long time since I used the 12. It’s bigger 🙂 Serious though, levels of pressure and resolution?

  2. I am truly interested. Been following you for many years. I’ve been away from PS for awhile. Want to get back up to par before I forget. I draw on my ipad with procreate. But i miss PS. I have intuous 4 but this one sounds great. I left off with Cs6 extended. So im getting i can draw on this like my ipad except use photoshop. Instead of Procreate. Yay. Am I right….?

  3. Hi Colin hope you are having good time, I am curious to know that is there any difference between the parallax between cintiq 16 and 16 pro ?
    I am good without touch screen and 4 k and have a monitor to see color accuracy clearly my main concern is the parallax and drawing feel

  4. Hi Colin, I was wondering…now that you have had more time possibly working with the Wacom Cintiq 16 tablet if you feel it’s the right thing for photography retouching. Most of the research I have seen on this has been by graphic designers and not photographers. I am by NO means great but have a small side photography business and spend a lot of time in Lightroom. I have 2 monitors, keyboard, clunky mouse and a Wacom Bamboo that collects dust because I am too stupid with my hand/eye coordination. I was looking at this as an option and wondering what you think? I do not have the budget for the pro line. Thank you

  5. Hello! Thank you for the wonderful review! I was wondering if you plan (or if you could) review the new XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro tablet? I was leaning towards the XP-Pen 16″ , and it looks very promising . So if you could, I would really apperciate if you compared the two .

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